Managing Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering risk requires careful and extensive planning and governance. A credit union should establish a sound BSA/AML program to properly identify, measure, monitor, and control its risks. BSA/AML regulatory enforcement actions can greatly impair a credit union’s image and reputation.
There are four pillars to an effective BSA/AML program: 1) development of internal policies, procedures, and related controls, 2) designation of a compliance officer, 3) a thorough and ongoing training program, and 4) independent review for compliance.
National Credit Union Administration guidelines require that credit unions periodically perform a comprehensive risk assessment of their BSA/AML programs.
The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council’s BSA/AML Risk Assessment also is an important tool for quantitatively and qualitatively documenting your program’s effectiveness.continue reading »